Across the country in the last few weeks, in the back rooms of pubs and in small independent venues, people have been finding their own ways to commemorate the life and genius of Mark E Smith, play his music and share stories. Defiantly single-minded and fiercely independent to the end, this is how he deserves to be remembered, with DIY celebrations organised by those who loved his music.

And in a packed Glossop Labour Club, that’s exactly what we did, with the help of Gavin, Darren and Steve and several piles of records. With personal recollections and readings from a few choice books about Smith and The Fall, between them they managed to navigate 40 years of music – from the first EP to the last LP – each track and every tale reminding us why (despite or because of?) they were such a unique band. We were also lucky enough to welcome two ex-members – Simon Wolstencroft (drums 1986-1997) and Ben Pritchard (guitar 2001-2006) – who really brought to life what it was like to be in The Fall and work with Mark E Smith.

It’s a night we won’t forget.

Thanks to Gavin, Darren and Steve for putting this session together and also to Funky Si and Ben for being so generous with their time and stories.

Listen to some of the music played here or on the player at the end of this post.



Repetition (Bingo-Master’s Break-Out! EP, Step-Forward Records, 1978)
No Xmas For J. Quay (live) (Totale’s Turns (It’s Now Or Never), Rough Trade, 1980)
Printhead (Dragnet, Step-Forward Records, 1979)
Jawbone and the Air-Rifle (Hex Enduction Hour, Kamera Records, 1982)
Fit and Working Again (In: Palace Of Swords Reversed, Rough Trade, 1981)

No Bulbs (458489 A Sides, Beggars Banquet, 1984)
My New House (This Nation’s Saving Grace, Beggars Banquet, 1985)
Living Too Late (Living Too Late, Beggars Banquet, 1986)
Hey! Luciani (John Leckie version) (Sounds Showcase 1 EP, Sounds, 1987)
Athlete Cured (The Frenz Experiment, Beggars Banquet, 1988)
Big New Prinz (Jerusalem/Big New Prinz, Beggars Banquet, 1988)

Touch Sensitive (The Marshall Suite, Artful Records, 1999)
Dr Buck’s Letter (The Unutterable, Eagle Records, 2000)
Contraflow (The Real New Fall LP (formerly Country On The Click), Action Records, 2003)
Blindness (Fall Heads Roll, Slogan Records, 2005)
Dedication Not Medication (Sub-Lingual Tablet, Cherry Red, 2015)

Extricate (Cog Sinister, 1990)
First Half – Subjective, As Usual
Sing! Harpy / I’m Frank / Bill Is Dead / Black Monk Theme Part 1 / Popcorn Double Feature
Second Half – Objective, Unusual
Telephone Thing / Hilary / Chicago, Now! / The Littlest Rebel / And Therein…

Fol De Rol (New Facts Emerge, Cherry Red ,2017)

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BEST OF 2017 – Records Played


It was great to see a very busy labour club for our review of 2017 with Darren and Tom. Picking out their favourite tracks from a selection of albums, it was a well balanced mix of familiar and unknown names and of course all from vinyl of many different colours!

There was also time to fit in a few tracks from other people’s fave records of the year too. Thanks to all who came and especially to Darren and Tom who had the tough job of choosing what to play and what to leave out. Full list of records played is below. Listen to highlights here.

Here are a few post-session comments from the land of Twitter.

We’re back on December 14th for our annual Christmas Social complete with music quiz, some choice tunes from the Charity Shop Classics team and Vinyl Secret Santa. Details soon.


(DB – Darren, TL – Tom)

Alvvays – Plimsoll Punks (from Antisocialites, Transgressive Records) (DB)

LCD Soundsystem – Other Voices (from American Dream, DFA) (TL)

Jen Cloher – Analysis Paralysis (from Jen Cloher, Milk! Records) (DB)

Arcade Fire – Everything Now (from Everything Now, Sonovox Records) (TL)

Menace Beach – Give Blood (from Lemon Memory, Memphis Industries) (DB)

Everything Everything – Run The Numbers (from A Fever Dream, RCA Victor) (TL)

This Is The Kit – Bullet Proof/Hotter Colder/Moonshine Freeze (from Moonshine Freeze, Rough Trade) (DB)

Sleaford Mods – Big Trouble In Little Costa (7″, Rough Trade) (TL)

Sleaford Mods – Army Nights/Just Like We Do (from English Tapas, Rough Trade) (TL)

Oh Sees – Nite Expo (from Orc, Castle Face) (DB)

The Horrors – Something To Remember Me By (from V, Wolf Tone) (TL)

Idles – Well Done/Mother (from Brutalism, Balley Records) (DB)

Aidan Baker with Claire Brentnall ‎- Delirious Things (from Delirious Things, Pleasence Records/Gizeh) (TL)

TOM’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Future Islands – Time On Her Side/Ran/Beauty on the Road (from The Far Field, 4AD) (TL)

DARREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Jane Weaver – H>A>K/Did You See Butterflies?/Loops In The Secret Society (from Modern Kosmology, Fire Records) (DB)

Liima – Life Is Dangerous (from 1982, City Slang) (TL)


Timber Timbre – Velvet Gloves & Spit/Grifting/Skin Tone/Moment (from Sincerely, Future Pollution, City Slang)
The Left Outsides – Cry Of The Hunter/One Step At A Time/Into The Deep (from There Is A Place, Cardinal Fuzz)
Pye Corner Audio – The Spiral/Descent/It Is Real (from The Spiral EP, Death Waltz Originals)
Primus – The Scream (from The Desaturating Seven, ATO Records)
Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination (from Holiday Destination, 1965 Records)
Gilroy Mere – Dunroamin’ (from The Green Line, Clay Pipe Music)

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ENGLISH WEATHER: records played 


A good roomful for record club. English Weather went down a um… storm!

In a break from our single artist album tradition, this record club session saw us playing a various artists compilation album for the first time. A double album at that! With autumn upon us and the nights drawing in,  October was the perfect month for Ace Records’ English Weather collection, expertly compiled and sequenced by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. The big hit of the night was Daevid Allen’s Wise Man In Your Heart, originally released in 1976 but still sounding like it’s been beamed in from the future.

Throughout the night (before, in between and after English Weather) we also got the chance to play Insane Times, a collection of British psych from the EMI vaults that could’ve almost been a prequel to our main album.

There’s no highlights podcast this month, but you can buy English Weather direct from Ace Records, and you might be able to track down Insane Times on the net somewhere (it was a Record Store Day 2017 release).

We’ll be back on Thursday 9th November when Darren and Tom will be taking us through some of their favourite releases of 2017. Details soon.


Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present English Weather (Ace Records, 2017)

SIDE ONE: Caravan – Love Song With Flute / The Roger Webb Sound – Moon Bird / The Parlour Band – Early Morning Eyes / Scotch Mist – Pamela / Spring – The Prisoner (Eight By Ten)
SIDE TWO: The Orange Bicycle – Last Cloud Home / T2 – JLT / Bill Fay – ‘Til The Christ Come Back / Van Der Graaf Generator – Refugees / Aardvark – Very Nice Of You To Call


SIDE THREE: John Cale – Big White Cloud / Belle Gonzalez – Bottles / The Way We Live – Watching White Stars / Offspring – Windfall / Camel – Never Let Go
SIDE FOUR: Daevid Allen – Wise Man In Your Heart / Matching Mole – O Caroline / Prelude – Edge Of The Sea / Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw – Evening Shade

Insane Times (21 British Psychedelic Artyfacts From Parlophone And Associated Labels) (Parlophone, 2017)

SIDE ONE: Kevin Ayers – Song For Insane Times / July – Dandelion Seed / Tomorrow – Real Life Permanent Dream / Mandrake Paddle Steamer – Strange Walking Man / The Gods  – Towards The Skies
SIDE TWO: The Penny Peeps – Model Village / The Idle Race – Hurry Up John / Orange Bicycle – Last Cloud Home / Jon – Is It Love? / The Brain – Nightmares In Red
SIDE THREE: Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – Equestrian Statue / Rainbow Ffolly – Sun Sing / Simon Dupree And The Big Sound Castle In The Sky / Tales Of Justine – Monday Morning / The Hollies – All The World Is Love / The Aerovons – World Of You
SIDE FOUR: The Lemon Tree – William Chalker’s Time Machine / The Parking Lot – World Spinning Sadly / Herbal Mixture – Please Leave My Mind / The Koobas – Barricades / The Yardbirds – Think About It

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THE SOUNDS OF 1967: records played

Lights courtesy of Matt


Various Artists – Hit ’67 (Stax, 1967)


SIDE ONE: Sam & Dave – Soul Man/Otis Redding – Let Me Come On Home/Carla Thomas – Something Good (Is Gonna Happen To You)/Eddie Floyd – Things Getting Better/Booker T & The MG’s – Groovin’/Otis Redding & Carla Thomas Knock On Wood

SIDE TWO: William Bell Eloise (Hang On In There)/Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Tramp/Bar-Kays Soul Finger/Otis Redding – Glory Of Love/Booker T & The MG’s – Hip Hug-her/Sam & Dave – Soothe Me

Simon’s 10 from ’67

The Bonzo Dog Band – The Intro And The Outro (from ‘Gorilla’, Liberty, 1967)
The Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine (from ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’, Columbia, 1967)
David Bowie – She’s Got Medals (from ‘David Bowie’, Deram, 1967)
The Beatles – It’s All Too Much (from ‘Yellow Submarine’, Apple, 1969, recorded 1967)
The Rolling Stones – 2000 Light Years From Home (from ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’, Decca, 1967)
The Bee Gees – Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You (from ‘The Bee Gees 1st’, Polydor, 1967)
The Move – I Can Hear The Grass Grow (7″, Deram, 1967)
The Troggs – Night Of The Long Grass (7″, Page One, 1967)
The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset (7″, Pye, 1967)
The Small Faces – Tin Soldier (7″, Immediate, 1967)



The Hollies – King Midas In Reverse (7″, Parlophone, 1967)
The Who – Pictures Of Lily (7″, Track Records, 1967)
Cream – Strange Brew (from ‘Disraeli Gears’, Reaction, 1967)
R. Dean Taylor – There’s A Ghost In My House (7″, Tamla Motown, 1967)
The Doors – The Crystal Ship (from ‘The Doors’, Elektra, 1967)
The Who – Armenia City In The Sky (from ‘Sell Out’, Track Records, 1967)
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (7″, RCA, 1967)

Thanks to Penny for the show-stealing white rabbit!



Love – Alone Again Or (from ‘Forever Changes’, Elektra, 1967)
Spencer Davis Group – I’m A Man (7″, Fontana, 1967)
as chosen by Gavin

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band ‎– Dropout Boogie (from ‘Safe As Milk’, Buddah Records, 1967)
as chosen by Darren

The Kinks – David Watts/Death Of A Clown (from ‘Something Else’, Pye, 1967)
as chosen by Scotty

Esther & Abi Ofarim ‎– Cinderella Rockefella (7″, Philips, 1967)
The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday (7″, RCA, 1967)
as chosen by Penny

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Radio One Jingle (from ‘Radio One’, Castle, 1989)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced? (Track Records, 1967)


SIDE ONE: Foxy Lady/Manic Depression/Red House/Can You See Me/Love Or Confusion
SIDE TWO: I Don’t Live Today/May This Be Love/Fire/3rd Stone From The Sun/Remember/Are You Experienced

The Beach Boys – Vegetables (from ‘Smiley Smile’, Capitol, 1967)
The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever (7″, Parlophone, 1967)
The King Brothers ‎- The Tupperware Brigade (from ‘There’s No Business – Like Our Business’ EP, 1967)

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With a multitude of formats – 7″, 12″, CD, cassette, even streaming from a phone – and armed with photos, press clippings, gig posters and set lists, it was a record club session like no other. All the music played was made by the people there. And my! What a talented bunch!

It was great to hear not only the music, but also hear the stories behind the songs, how bands were formed and evolved, how songs were written and recorded and what became of those bands. Tales of euphoria and disappointment with no inbetween. For one night we came together, shared our dreams and remembered when opportunity knocked.

Listen to highlights here or click the player at the bottom of this post.

Also in the ‘music played’ list below are links to listen and/or buy/download some of the music played.

Huge thanks to Scott, Mark, Paul, Aidan, Steve M, Lyn, Matt, Gavin, Martin, Darren, Steve R, Jim and Scotty for bringing the tunes and telling their stories. And thanks to everyone else for coming and listening.

The dream is never over!

A few comments from the world of social media:

Great night listening to the home-made sounds from

Digging out my old music for ‘s “Opportunity Knocked” tonight has been brilliant.

loved tonights Rec club.Hearing of peoples hopes & dreams behind the tunes.Rec Club with peoples tales are the best for me.Another classic night.Thanks.

Thank you for giving us all the opportunity, really enjoyed it.

Top night. Great to listen to nuggets of people’s work. A lot of talent around and a great insight into misspent youth.

What a talented lot! Loved hearing all the fab songs and stories, thanks for a great evening

Very enjoyable night and me picking up the wrong tape meant you didn’t get to hear my vocals on the Crying Shame demo – win/win

What a brilliant mix of music & anecdotes!

Don’t forget, no record club in August but we’ll be back on Thursday 14th September for The Sounds of 1967. See you then!



Wasting Asset – Total Desolation (rehearsal tape)
Four Small Custards – I Can Put My Bus Pass On My Chin
Wasting Asset – Laughing (live)/I Get The Shivers
Butter – I Adore You
Stanley – Got A Feeling (live)/Harrison (demo)
The Bacillus – Power Of Fear/I Can’t Adapt To This Prison You Call Society
The Soil Brothers – Crawdad Hole
One For Whitney – Presley’s Used Car Lot
Big Bad Squares – I’m Left Wondering
The Bellis – Or What
Grrr! – Truculent Galoshes
The Professionals – Starstruck
Frantic – Goodbye/Dummy Too Real
16 Tambourines – How Green Is Your Valley?
eaststrikewest – With One Last Breath
The Trend – Cool Johnny/Polly And Wendy/I Don’t Anymore
Suburban Daze – Suburban Daze

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HERE COME THE GIRLS Classic American Girl Groups – Records Played

A big, big thank you to Bernie for a brilliant record club, exploring the origins and development of classic American girl groups from the 1940s through to the golden age of the 1960s, Phil Spector and Motown with  a top selection of records. The list was whittled down from over 60, down to 30, of which we got through about two thirds.

It was also fascinating to hear Bernie’s recollections of being a teenager in Glossop in the early 1960s, where he bought his records, what there was to do around town and beyond, plus tales of travels and work in Belgium, Spain and Germany, encounters with American soldiers and the Vietnam war. The records were only half the story for this session!

You can listen to all the records Bernie played here or by clicking the player at the bottom of the page.

A few comments from the world of Facebook and Twitter

Brilliant Club tonight. Sixties girl groups and reminiscence of life in Glossop back in the day.

Really enjoyed Bernie’s records & recollections. Had me in stitches. Also poignant stories how Spain changed & of friendships with black G.I.s.

One of the best. Really good night

Don’t forget, due to the general election there’s no record club in June, but we’ll be back on Thursday 13th July for OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED. Details soon.



The Andrews Sisters – Shoo Shoo Baby (from The Andrews Sisters In Hifi, Capitol, 1956, orig. 1943)
The Chordettes – Born To Be With You (London Records, 1956)
Patience & Prudence – Get Along Without You Now (1956)
The Chantels – Maybe (1957)
The Teddy Bears – Don’t You Worry My Little Pet/To Know Him Is To Love Him (London, 1958)
The Shirelles – I Met Him On A Sunday (from Golden Hour Of The Shirelles, Pye, 1973, orig. 1958)
The Fleetwoods – Mr Blue (Top Rank, 1958)
The Shirelles – Mama Said (Top Rank, 1961)
The Pony-Tails – Born Too Late (HMV, 1958)
Kathy Young & The Innocents – A Thousand Stars (Top Rank, 1961)


The Crystals – He’s A Rebel (London, 1962)
The Crystals – Da Doo Ron Ron (London, 1963)
The Ronettes – Be My Baby (London, 1963)
Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans – Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah (London, 1962)
Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans – Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts (London, 1963)
The Supremes – Stop! In The Name Of Love (Tamla Motown, 1965)
Martha and the Vandellas – Dancing In The Street (Stateside, 1964)
The Velvelettes – He Was Really Saying Something (Tamla Motown, 1964)
The Shangri-Las – Long Live Our Love (Red Bird, 1966)
The Shangri-Las – Past Present Future (from Golden Hits Of The Shangri-Las, Philips, orig. 1966)

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Nick Cave On Vinyl – records played


Thanks to everyone who came along to the Nick Cave session, expertly curated and introduced by Lyn Lockwood. Here are a few post-session social media comments:

Great Nick Cave night from – a highlight was the early applause for ‘Sonny’s Burning’ by The Birthday Party.

Really enjoyed night at Club tonight, big thanks to , a brilliant guide for the evening.

A great night. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Nice one Lyn!

And here’s what Lyn has to say about it…

“So where to start with an artist who has had four bands of his own as well as several collaborations, recorded over twenty studio albums, made two documentary films (about himself), written a dozen or so film scores, two novels and a couple of film scripts?

I didn’t quite start at the beginning but we made an early foray into The Birthday Party and the raucous Sonny’s Burning that memorably opens with Nick Cave yelling ‘Hands up who wants to die!’ and ended with a spontaneous round of applause from Glossop’s finest. We then took a chronological journey through some of the key points of Nick Cave’s career, as I tried to show some of his astonishing range- from brooding murder ballads like Stagger Lee to gentle love songs such as Lime Tree Arbor, taking in some of the wild and esoteric landscapes and characters that Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld and his many other Bad Seeds have created so brilliantly. And it’s a tough choice when you have to leave out entire albums like Let Love In and Push the Sky Away.

The sheer breadth of Nick Cave’s work can be bewildering so it was really great to hear people commenting that they appreciated being guided through the back catalogue and hearing some of the stories behind the songs and albums. We ended with Nick Cave karaoke, with call outs for Nature Boy, Palaces of Montezuma, Idiot Prayer and more, and we even got time to play a little Elvis and Leonard Cohen. So, thanks Glossop Record Club regulars, and some new folk, (and Gavin Hogg’s technical support) for helping me to kick the Easter weekend off to such a wild start”.

We’ll see you on Thursday 11th May for Here Come The Girls – Classic American Girl Groups (from the 40s, 50s and 60s, in case you were wondering). Details soon.


Leonard Cohen ‎– Songs From A Room (CBS, 1969)


SIDE ONE: Bird On The Wire / Story Of Isaac / A Bunch Of Lonesome Heros / The Partisan  / Seems So Long Ago, Nancy

The Birthday Party – Sonny’s Burning (from The Bad Seed EP, 4AD, 1983)
Nick Cave featuring The Bad Seeds – From Her To Eternity (from From Her To Eternity, Mute, 1984)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‎– The Ship Song (12″, Mute, 1990)
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Stagger Lee (from Murder Ballads, Mute, 1996)


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Lime-Tree Arbour (from The Boatman’s Call, Mute, 1997)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Hiding All Away (from Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus, Mute, 2004)
Grinderman – Heathen Child (from Grinderman 2, Mute, 2010)

Elvis Presley – 40 Greatest Hits (Arcade Records, 1975)


Hard Headed Woman / King Creole / Jailhouse Rock / A Big Hunk O’ Love / I Got Stung  / One Night

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‎– Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed Ltd, 2016)


SIDE ONE: Jesus Alone / Rings Of Saturn / Girl In Amber / Magneto

SIDE TWO: Anthrocene / I Need You / Distant Sky / Skeleton Tree

Grinderman –  Palaces Of Montezuma (from Grinderman 2, Mute, 2010)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Brompton Oratory (from The Boatman’s Call, Mute, 1997)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – There She Goes, My Beautiful World / Nature Boy / Abattoir Blues / Let The Bells Ring / Fable Of The Brown Ape (from Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus, Mute, 2004)

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